Maria Sharapova gives birth to a baby boy with fiancé Alexander Gilkes
Maria Sharapova is ready to become a mother.
The tennis star, 35, announced on Instagram on Friday that she and British businessman Alexander Gilkes, 42, have welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Theodore.
“The most beautiful, empowering and rewarding gift our little family could ask for,” Sharapova wrote, was born on July 1.
The former No.1 player announced her engagement to Gilkes in December 2020. The couple announced their pregnancy on Sharapova’s 35th birthday in April.
“Precious beginnings!!! Eating a birthday cake for two has always been my specialty,” the five-time Grand Slam champions wrote on Instagram.
Sharapova came into the limelight when she defeated former No. 1 seed Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon singles final at the age of 17. She is one of 10 women to have won all four Grand Slams in her professional career.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Maria Sharapova announces she is pregnant with her first child
In 2016, Sharapova was suspended from playing for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after failing a drug test at the Australian Open. The Russian tennis star retired in February 2020 after playing one last Australian Open in January.
“By giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I will miss it every day,” she announced in a guest column for Vanity Fair. “Looking back, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its summit were incredible. After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, I’m ready to evolve another mountain – to compete on a different kind of terrain.”
Contributor: Analis Bailey